DGAP-News: Manz AG: Strategically important order for research production line reinforces strong position in Battery division

DGAP-News: Manz AG: Strategically important order for research production line 
reinforces strong position in Battery division 

DGAP-News: Manz AG / Key word(s): Incoming Orders
Manz AG: Strategically important order for research production line
reinforces strong position in Battery division

26.09.2013 / 07:34

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Manz AG: Strategically important order for research production line
reinforces strong position in Battery division

  - Research institute ZSW Baden-Wuerttemberg places order with volume of
    approximately EUR 5 million

  - Manz participates as an industry partner in the development of
    near-series production processes for large lithium-ion batteries in
    Germany

  - Excellent growth opportunities in the Battery division for the years
    ahead

Reutlingen, 26 September 2013 - Manz AG, one of the world's leading
high-tech engineering companies with an extensive technology portfolio in
its three strategic business units 'Display', 'Solar' and 'Battery', has
won a strategically important order worth around EUR 5 million in the
Battery division. In order to advance the development of near-series
production processes and new materials for standardised prismatic
lithium-ion batteries, a research production line conceived specifically
for this purpose and without equal in Europe is being established at the
Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Wuerttemberg (ZSW). A
significant part of the production equipment required by this project is
being supplied by Manz AG. The research line is a strategic project run by
the German Federal Government's National Electric Mobility Platform. The
intended focal points of development are to increase the quality and safety
of the batteries and reduce production costs, thereby accelerating the
establishment of a strong cell and battery industry in Germany. In addition
to the Federal state of Baden-Wuerttemberg and the German Federal Ministry
of Education and Research, leading German industrial companies including
BMW AG, Daimler AG, ElringKlinger AG, Rockwood Lithium GmbH and SGL Carbon
GmbH are involved in this pioneering research project. The lithium-ion
batteries should be used not only in the electric mobility segment, but
also in other areas such as stationary electricity storage.

Dieter Manz, CEO and founder of Manz AG, comments: 'We are delighted that
we, as Germany's leading engineering company in the field of lithium-ion
batteries, are able to support the research project with our know-how. This
union between the ZSW and a host of renowned industrial companies is a
powerful statement about this technology's future viability - and a highly
positive signal for the whole industry and for Germany as an industrial
location.'

Thanks to the positive market outlook in the e-mobility and electricity
storage segments, this field offers a diversity of opportunities to Manz AG
as a high-tech engineering company. Experts are assuming that battery
capacities in the automotive sector are likely to grow with an average
annual growth rate of 59% to 19 GWh by 2015 and 49 GWh by 2020. The growth
prospects in the stationary electricity storage segment are similarly
positive: capacities of 2 GWh for 2015 and as much as 10 GWh for 2020 are
being forecast. Dieter Manz is correspondingly optimistic: 'Over the next
few years I see excellent growth potential for our company in the Battery
division. Thereby our competitive advantages as a high-tech engineering
company with broad technological expertise will come into their own. If the
market continues to develop positively, the Battery division could achieve
a range of revenue similar to that of our currently booming Display
division in three to five years.'

Company profile:

Manz AG - passion for efficiency 

Manz AG, headquartered in Reutlingen, Germany, is one of the world's
leading high-tech engineering firms. Founded in 1987, in recent years the
company has grown from an automation specialist into a supplier of
integrated production lines. Manz has expertise in six fields of
technology: automation, laser processes, vacuum coating, screen printing,
metrology, and wet-chemical processes. These technologies are used and
developed in three strategic business areas: Display, Solar, and Battery.

The company, led by founder Dieter Manz, has been listed on the stock
exchange in Germany since 2006, and currently develops and manufactures in
Germany, China, Taiwan, Slovakia, and Hungary. Manz also has sales and
service offices in the United States and India. At the beginning of 2013,
Manz AG had approximately 1,850 employees, half of them in Asia. With its
slogan, 'Passion for Efficiency', Manz's engineers are making a promise to
offer its customers - all companies active in important future markets -
increasingly efficient production equipment. As an engineering firm, the
company plays a significant role in reducing the cost of manufacturing end
products, making these products available to large groups of buyers
worldwide.

Investor Relations contact

cometis AG
Ulrich Wiehle / Claudius Krause
Phone: +49 (0)611 - 205855-28
Fax: +49 (0)611 - 205855-66 
E-Mail: krause@cometis.de

Public Relations contact

Manz AG
Axel Bartmann
Phone: +49 (0)7121 - 9000-395
Fax: +49 (0)7121 - 9000-99
E-Mail: abartmann@manz.com


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Company:     Manz AG                                                
             Steigäckerstr. 5                                       
             72768 Reutlingen                                       
             Germany                                                
Phone:       +49 (0) 7121 9000-0                                    
Fax:         +49 (0) 7121 9000-99                                   
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ISIN:        DE000A0JQ5U3                                           
WKN:         A0JQ5U                                                 
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